Come 2017, we're making some significant changes to the running of MGen, with a few differences in policy, some serious strides in our social projects and some exciting new services that will reach a greater audience, further achieving our goals of musical accessibility.
Price change: From the 30th of Jan, 2017, we will no longer be offering our discounted packs of lessons. We understand that price is a key component of music accessibility, and pride ourselves on being a low cost service provider. We understand that many students rely on these lower cost lessons, which is why we've introduced a new service of group lessons, which you can find out more about here.
Social Projects - Shadaja: We are excited to be working with The Sound Space (http://thesoundspace.in/) based out of Mumbai, India on this project, an exciting venture emerging from a partnership of mutual aspirations to create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to access music, gain skills and communicate across cultures.
The project works like this - We are sourcing teachers in Pokhara and Mumbai to undergo a 3 week Professional Development Training course, put together by TSS in collaboration with MGen. After this 3 weeks, teachers will be given employment in Government schools across their respective cities, thus creating employment for local musicians and providing free music education to students who wouldn't otherwise have access to it. See more here.
Nursing Homes: At the end of 2016, MGen held it's inaugural Nursing Home Student Concert, providing a performance opportunity for our students, and an exciting something different for the residents of Elizabeth Gardens, Ashwood in Melbourne. We're planning to continue holding student concerts at nursing homes, as an exciting way of sharing music and again, making music accessible. We have a number of other services now available at nursing homes around Australia including but not limited too sing-a-longs and professional performers at the venue. Get more information here.
Coming up also are school incursions and workshops in the areas of Auslan and Drumming and Body Percussion. We're geared for an exciting, versatile and dynamic 2017, and we appreciate your support, whatever direction or form it may come in.
Until next blog post, have a musical day. Stay tuned to hear from Josephine Bell, Business Manager, next week.